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Classic Antarctica 10 Days | MV Ushuaia

10 Days
From USD 5,730

Trip Code: ACANCAT

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: Ushuaia


Antarctic Peninsula

DestinationDeparture Date

03/11/2023, 22/11/2023, 01/12/2023, 10/12/2023, 08/02/2024, 08/03/2024, 17/03/2024, 26/03/2024, 03/11/2024, 22/11/2024, 01/12/2024, 20/12/2024, 18/01/2025, 08/03/2025, 17/03/2025, 26/03/2025


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Undertake a truly unforgettable expedition cruise to the wonders of the 'Frozen white continent'. Experience the incredible wonders of Antarctica on the MV Ushuaia, a true expedition vessel. Cross the infamous and daring Drake Passage. As the seas calm you will witness the first sightings of snow-capped peaks as you reach the South Shetland Islands. Explore, king George Island where penguins, elephant seals and giant petrels reign superior. Humpback whales and orcas dance in the water in backdrops of snow capped peaks and crystal glaciers. This experience perfectly combines incredible natural landscapes with indescribable wildlife experiences.  


Depart from Ushuaia

Embarkation on the Ushuaia is scheduled for the afternoon. Here you will meet your expedition and lecture staff as well as your fellow crew. After you have settled into your cabins you will sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Crossing the Drake Passage - Days 2 & 3

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to
join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands - Days 4 to

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches
ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals make every day spent in this
amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing.

King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers.
You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as
well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and possible landing sites may include:

Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the icebergstrewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

Further exploration may take you to the Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice
conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

At Sea crossing the Drake Passage Day 8 & 9

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Disembarkation is scheduled for the early morning. You will disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast where you can continue to whatever journey may lay ahead.



  • Undertake a classic Antarctica expedition, experience the unique beauty of the Frozen White Continent. 

  • Experience incredible wildlife encounters including close encounters with hump back whales, orcas, elephant seals, and over 5 species of penguin. 

  • This Antarctic itinerary is perfectly combined with a land based tour in South America, allowing you to explore 2 mystifying and extraordinary continents in one incredible journey. 

  • Begin your incredible journey in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the worlds Southernmost town, full of rich seafaring history and set in the backdrop of incredible snow-capped peaks. 



The M/V Ushuaia started out in the service of the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Agency. It was then transformed into an ice-strengthened Polar vessel, having undergone a complete refurbishment. With accommodation for up to 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins and suites, the ship also boasts a large dining room, observation lounge and bar, ample deck space, conference room with multi-media equipment, library, infirmary and an open bridge policy. Superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities are possible due to the fleet of Zodiacs carried on board. The team of expedition leaders and lecturers are all extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and dedicated to the protection of the environment, whilst the captain and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation.

Why we like it

"A true expedition ship, built with research in mind! It has all the quirks of a scientific ship but rebuilt a decade ago to carry passengers. The ships unique history makes any trip on her a true ‘living’ expedition. The Ushuaia has a fabulous expedition team and ample outside deck viewing areas. Accommodation is comfortable, and she is our biggest-selling budget Antarctica vessel – and has been for many years."

Greg Carter, Co-Founder of Chimu Adventures

Ice Class: Length: 84.73 m / 278.3 feet
Breadth: 15.41 m / 51 feetMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 14 knots
Electricity: 110 V, 60 Hz Passenger
88 passengers and 38 staff

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We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


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Pricing per person & date

Classic Antarctica 10 Days | MV Ushuaia from USD 5,730
Departing Ending Duration
03 Nov 2023 12 Nov 2023 10
22 Nov 2023 01 Dec 2023 10
01 Dec 2023 10 Dec 2023 10
10 Dec 2023 19 Dec 2023 10
08 Feb 2024 17 Feb 2024 10
08 Mar 2024 17 Mar 2024 10
17 Mar 2024 26 Mar 2024 10
26 Mar 2024 04 Apr 2024 10
03 Nov 2024 12 Nov 2024 10
22 Nov 2024 01 Dec 2024 10
01 Dec 2024 10 Dec 2024 10
20 Dec 2024 29 Dec 2024 10
18 Jan 2025 27 Jan 2025 10
08 Mar 2025 17 Mar 2025 10
17 Mar 2025 26 Mar 2025 10
26 Mar 2025 04 Apr 2025 10

Important Information


    All accommodation on board the MV Ushuaia 
    All meals on board 
    All scheduled landings and excursions 
    All port fees 
    All landing fees
    Group arrival/departure transfers in Ushuaia 
    Detailed post-expedition log
    Programs of lectures by naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff



    Airfares to and from embarkation and disembarkation city 
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance 
    Personal expenses such laundry, on board communication 
    Gratuities for the crews
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated for triple/quad cabins) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time. 

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure date,  fuel surcharges, cabin category, currency fluctuations, seasonality and availability.